Master Victor Ying—head of NY Self-Defense & Fitness—and his team of instructors truly train students to improve body and mind. In addition to hosting classes that draw techniques and philosophies from various martial arts styles—such as tai chi, brazilian jujitsu, and Tae Kwon Do—the staff also teaches students how to play everything from chess to the piano and the guitar, and instructors can even help with homework. This guidance in physical as well as intellectual pursuits helps visitors become more well-rounded individuals while developing invaluable, lifelong skills. To round out the studio's repertoire, the instructors also lead calorie-incinerating Zumba classes for both kids and adults, ensuring that students stay active and have fun.
Children and adults can consider Feel the Music Dance Studio a safe place to jive, thanks to instructors Krystal and Jose. These skilled toe-tappers teach pupils sultry salsa steps, upbeat swing moves, classic ballet positions, and hypnotic belly-dance techniques. Most classes take place in packs, but couples and solo hoofers can sign up for private instruction, as well.
When Krystal and Jose aren't showing students how to cut a rug and then painstakingly sew it back together, they lead yoga, guitar, and piano lessons. On Saturday and Tuesday nights, they host a regular salsa-dance social so students can hone their skills in a laid-back atmosphere.
World Gym - Rego Park challenges bodies to sweat as they move in its group classes that include everything from the calming stretches of yoga to the upbeat rhythms of Zumba. Chizel classes sculpt muscles using plyometric actions, KerBoomKA classes twist the abs with hip hop-inspired moves, and intense World Challenge classes engage advanced exercisers in high-intensity workouts. Personal-training lessons, which inspire people to achieve new levels of fitness, are also available.
The trainers at Monkey Fist MMA have baked the full-body workout benefits of intense martial-arts training into classes accessible to students of virtually all fitness levels. Leading groups through the fundamentals of boxing and muay thai kickboxing, skilled and upbeat instructors bestow students with the practical skill set of self-defense while ramping up their metabolism as they throw a steady barrage of punches, kicks, and evasive maneuvers.
A singer himself, Manik Malhotra believes that everyone has a talent in the arts—they just need to explore and nourish it. To make things easier, he opened Saregama Desi Beats, a hub for the performing arts. Malhotra's students practice everything from Western-style piano playing to belly dancing and Bollywood dancing, Hindi reading and writing, and yoga.
Yogashakti Yoga Center director Mokshapriya Shakti began her yoga practice in 1970, developing experience with hatha yoga as the centering modality was experiencing a spike in popularity in the United States. Mokshapriya used her wealth of knowledge to lead an accredited yoga course for high-school students in Miami, learning how to awaken young people to the benefits of yoga before establishing Yogashakti Yoga Center in New York. At the studio, Mokshapriya taps her teaching know-how to create a curriculum that accommodates beginner, intermediate, and experienced students from all walks of life, from childhood to advanced age. Bolstered by a duo of certified instructors, Mokshapriya helps students unify their mind, body, and spirit animal through uplifting hatha-style yoga classes, emphasizing proper alignment and meditative self-reflection during gently paced sessions.